GRAFTER FRED­DIE GETS HIS RE­WARD AT LAST

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By An­drew Law­ton

IP­SWICH man­ager Mick McCarthy is im­pressed by the self­less play of Fred­die Sears and is con­vinced his mid­week dou­ble will be the spark the striker needs to go on a goal run.

The 27-year-old net­ted 13 goals in his first 29 ap­pear­ances for the Trac­tor Boys, fol­low­ing his Jan­uary 2015 switch from Colchester United.

But Sears was then con­verted into a hard-work­ing wide player and had scored just five times in 77 out­ings prior to last Tues­day’s 3-0 win over Wi­gan.

Yet McCarthy be­lieves he gets the best out of him when he leads the Ip­swich line with a strike part­ner.

“That’s his best po­si­tion, with­out a doubt,” said McCarthy. “When­ever we’ve played 4-4-2, he’s pretty much started up there.

“There was a time ear­lier on in the sea­son when I only had a cou­ple of strik­ers and he played wide left.

“He had his chances (to score) out there. When we’ve played 4-3-3, he’s played on the left.

“That (striker) is his best po­si­tion, though. I know that with­out any doubt.”

De­spite his bar­ren pe­riod in front of goal, Sears con­tin­ued to impress McCarthy with his workrate and at­ti­tude.

And the Ip­swich boss is adamant the two goals in a com­fort­able Trac­tor Boys win will give him a great deal of self-be­lief.

“I would imag­ine Tues­day night has given him a huge amount of con­fi­dence,” added McCarthy.

“(With) strik­ers, it doesn’t mat­ter what else they do. Scor­ing goals is what they thrive on.

“I think it’s re­mark­able how he’s kept go­ing and how self­less he is. I wouldn’t know he was strug­gling for goals.

“Fred­die is so unassuming, so low main­te­nance. He’s bright and cheery ev­ery morn­ing.

“He comes in and shakes my hand, says ‘hello gaffer’, does his work and goes. He’s a great kid.”

EF­FORT: Fred­die Sears

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